Wednesday 13 January 2016

Tasty Green Pea, Mint and White Bean Hummus

The next time you have guests coming around, try serving this healthy and tasty Pea, Mint and White Bean Hummus. It's delicious, super easy to make and great for the summer season when peas are plentiful and fresh. Having said that, this dip is just as easily made from frozen peas. An oversupply of cooked peas left over from Christmas lunch first inspired this recipe. 

Green Pea, Mint and White Bean Hummus

3 cups cooked peas
2 cloves garlic
the juice of 2 lemons
a 390g can of butter beans  
a handful of mint leaves
two thirds of a cup of olive oil
a teaspoon of salt 
ground pepper

Drain the can of white beans and wash them well under cold running water. Shake off the excess water and leave to drain while gathering the other ingredients. 

Place the beans, peeled garlic cloves, 2 cups of the peas, the mint leaves and the lemon juice into a large food processor. 

Add half the olive oil and process. Keep adding the remaining oil until a smooth, soft consistency is achieved. 

Now add the remaining cup of peas and the salt and pepper. Process briefly, the aim is to retain some bigger pea chunks in order to give the spread more texture. 

Check the seasoning and adjust as required.

Transfer the spread to a serving dish and drizzle with a little more olive oil before serving with crackers, lovely sliced french bread or a selection of sliced vege sticks. 

The spread will keep for a few days in a sealed container in the fridge. 

Eat it in the morning on a lovely piece of toasted wholemeal bread. 

Happy cooking xxx

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